Tree Sparrows and Owls at Downsview: Jan 28, 2022

In Southern Ontario, we think of the American Tree Sparrow as a winter bird. They breed near the Hudson Bay coast and the northern part of James Bay.

American Tree Sparrow

My grandfather told me that a winter-banded American Tree Sparrow from his property returned the following winter and fed on their window sill feeder about 3 ft. from where they sat eating their meals. Marvellous navigational ability!

We saw a small flock today at Downsview Park:

American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow

We also found a Long-eared Owl:

Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl

and a well-hidden Short-eared owl:

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl

Other birds:

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco

Park scenes:

Squirrel

Some botany:

Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

Impressive flying!

NATURE POETRY

Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows!
There is a subtle sweetness in the sun,
The ripples on the stream’s breast gaily run,
The wind more boisterously by me blows,
And each succeeding day now longer grows.       – Claude McKay (1889-1948)

Miles Hearn

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